By Jimmy Jacks
The Pittsburgh Penguins received a letter from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) criticizing the organization for its usage of live penguins during the pregame ceremonies at the NHL Stadium Series game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 25 at Heinz Field, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The letter, signed by PETA senior animals in entertainment campaigner John Di Leonardo, said that “Being held in captivity is stressful enough to make penguins susceptible to illness, and putting them in a crowded, noisy stadium only makes matters worse.”
Pittsburgh Zoo spokesperson Tracy Grey responded, saying that safety is a top priority for the animals, who were accompanied by a zookeeper and veterinarian during their time at Heinz Field reported the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman called for the only Penguins to be on ice at Heinz Field to be humans on skates.